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Furthur Live at Fox Theater on 2011-04-03

by Furthur

Set I (68:48)
01. Tuning
02. Hell in a Bucket
03. Cold Rain and Snow
04. West LA Fadeaway
05. To Lay Me Down*
06. Peggy-O
07. Ramble On Rose
08. Samson and Delilah
09. Deal

Set II (111:56)
01. Tuning
02. Iko Iko
03. Last Time*
04. Wharf Rat
05. Born Cross-Eyed
06. Dark Star
07. Time > Breath Reprise
08. Dear Prudence
09. The Eleven
10. Lady with a Fan
11. Terrapin
12. At the Siding
13. Terrapin Flyer
14. Phil Donor Rap
15. Brokedown Palace

* First time played

Notes: Team FInd Recording / AOTJ Release

Source: Schoeps mk4(din) > kcy > m222 > nt222 > Busman Mod R4 Pro

Location: OTS/DFC

Linage: Edirol R4 Pro @ 24/48 > HD > Wavelab 6 > SoundForge 10 > CDWave > Foobar Tagger > TLH

Tape and Transfer: Jeff Hatcher (

Collection Furthur
Band/Artist Furthur
Venue Fox Theater
Location Atlanta, GA

Source Schoeps mk4(din) > kcy > m222 > nt222 > Busman Mod R4 Pro
Lineage Edirol R4 Pro @ 24/48 > HD > Wavelab 6 > SoundForge 10 > CDWave > Foobar Tagger > TLH
Taped by Jeff Hatcher
Transferred by Jeff Hatcher


Reviewer: Jeff Knorek from Nova Scotia - - September 9, 2011
Subject: Good recording of an awesome show
...and a good lead-in to the Orlando show. The two make an excellent pair. 5 stars for performance, 3 for recording.
Reviewer: dark666star - - May 1, 2011
Subject: dead lives forever
furthur is the best band ever! wake up from your slumber.heaven is at hand. the grateful dead is the promise of eternal life.furthur is eternal life. better than the days of jerry for he is alive and shall live forever furthur
Reviewer: G. Ganter - - April 29, 2011
Subject: Up there
Ramble on Rose and Samson.
Reviewer: Matt62 - - April 26, 2011
Subject: sweet sounds...
Thanks for sharing...thought this was a great-sounding show all round and, having listened to pretty much all the shows off the Spring tour, would place this along with the first of the Orpheum shows as my faves
Reviewer: Cleveland - - April 24, 2011
Subject: just as good
Its as good, if not better than any dead show I ever saw. My third Furthur show. They are on fire.
second set was not a snoozer it was a fantastic psychedelic ride. Dark star a bit faster than I have ever heard it was amazing.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this show.
Russo kills it. Dont miss B and M at all.
what is not to like?

its awesome.
Reviewer: squizzislame - - April 13, 2011
Subject: Not as good
The first set is good. Second set is a snoozer. Crappy beatles cover+crappy dark star= crappy half a set. Why is thsi show #1 download. People see titles like the fox theater and madison square garden and the downloads blow up. Do some research people. Listen to 1st bank, the orpheum, tower theater, radio city, best buy theater and broome county.
Reviewer: StreaminDemon - - April 10, 2011
Subject: Furthur More
First off...I love love love this band! Just got back from the south east tour. Every night was amazing, beautiful and special. Charleston, Orlando n Boca were on Fire! This is a dream evolution of the grateful Dead. Sweet!. However, i got to say this... This recording quality SUCKS. Do yourselves a favor. If you want to hear the show in its purest and best, get yourself the official band release of the show and crank it, or drive to it. With a quality system it makes a world of a difference in appreciation. Thanks for the upload gesture, but it just does not convey the whole truth of this great music.
Reviewer: SJD_Debo - - April 9, 2011
Subject: Joy
Thanks Jeff for sharing this great recording here. For those of us who couldn't be there, this is the next best thing. Cheers to you and all the tapers for their contributions to this archive and the joy it brings us.
Reviewer: Tyler - - April 9, 2011
Subject: not my thing
while the recording quality was good (but not great), all this grateful dead sound I just couldn't get into. I know that is sacrilege since the GD and all its surviving members can do no wrong, but I just wasn't into it! more bandwidth for everyone else!
Reviewer: mellowmymind5453 - - April 8, 2011
Subject: locked it and rocked it
WOW! Thought after RSMH shows that Furthur could't bring it higher...but indeed they did! This show absolutely is crazy throughout. I don't think anyone who has seen dead shows after..say..'90..would disagree. And mix of songs? would we ever expect this back in the day? All I can say for all you doubters out there-see this band as soon as you can ..summer tour...hopefully another Fall tour. It mat not last forever! I'll be there.
Reviewer: JDSept - - April 8, 2011
Subject: Bad reviews??
Obviously reviews are only opinion anyways so need to be looked at with that in mind. What a reviewer brings to a review is probably as important as the show itself being reviewed. There are certain bands no matter what they did my pre-opinion baggage would probabby make it impossible for a good review. As to positive reviews it usually means one has a history of hearing the music many times before the show being reviewed which gives a centering starting place. I do wonder about post-Dead stuff being reviewed by some because of attachment to the Jerry-Dead and using that as a starting place. These post Jerry bands are animals of a different breed though being a sort of genetic offsprings. They need to be judged om their own merits and history and not on a Jerry-Dead base. Also negative reviews are only opinion and need not to be seen as personal attacks to those that liked or loved a particular show. Added to this is the head of the reviewer going into a show. Bad dope, personal problems as to relationships, work life status and just not feeling good that particular day for many reasons. MY RANT IS OVER
Reviewer: queenjane9 - - April 7, 2011
Subject: Magic
First of all thank you Jeff for taking time to record the show and make it available here - over 4000 downloads - wow!

I agree with Rippleish20 - i went to lots of dead shows and lots of post jerry shows - i am a big bobby head so i enjoyed rat dog - saw lots of Phil & Friends, other ones, etc.

I saw Bobby @ the greek in 2001 before moving to HI - hadn't been to a show since then and got an invitation to see Furthur @ Red Rocks last September. Of course it was a magical show for me because it had been so long and because it was at Red Rocks . . .

I was blown away - the music sounded soooo good - it excited me and breathed new life into my outlook - haven't been able to catch another show but am blessed to be connected and able to hear shows here and follow the set lists . . .

The magic is back. It took a while for it to come together and click but it did and I am so happy to be in tune with it, filled with that happiness and magic that I missed so much it made my hear ache since Jerry left us.

Who can stop what must arrive now, something new is waiting to be born.

And the best part is I got to take my 9 year old son to see the boys @ Red Rocks and will take him to dance with all my peeps who will reunite, inspired by this magic, in June.

Believe it if you need it. I believe.
Reviewer: mountain_jim - - April 7, 2011
Subject: Great Fox sound and imaging!
Many thanks to all involved in this excellent (to my ears) recording of what I think is a great Furthur show, based on those I have heard and attended.

I wish I could have been there for this.

I saw my first GD show in this very building, in 1978, where the bus came by and I got on, and to have a recording this good that puts me back in this room with Phil still vibrating the hall with these warming bass notes - well I got off listening on my system (with speakers custom-built by one of the great GD audience recordists)so much I just had to post.
The quality of the jamming in the Dark Star, just how much John has stepped out and up, the improved vocal treatments, all show the improvement in this band over the year before.

I agree with those who say John knows the tunes and the jamming styles that Phil and Bob need to do what they do, and just makes this music sound and feel right. Way better for me than any Phil and Friends with guitarists who just have not lived in this music like he has.

5 stars! Hope this band goes for awhile longer!
Reviewer: mauisurfer - - April 7, 2011
Subject: Honesty
Mr. glsean

First, I just wanted to apoligize for being a little harsh with you. That attitude does not fit in with the whole GD scene and vibe. I just happen to be very passionate with GD and subsequent versions. Second, if you could please enlighten us with why you feel dissatisfied. What about JK and the jams he and the boys create leaves you wanting more? Do you feel it is too rehearsed? Is it fake (in you humble opinion) in some way? Do you like what Ratdog, PL&F, The Other Ones or The Dead has done post Jerry? What do they do what Furthur does not? Im just trying to get an understanding on this. I have DL'ed just about every show since their inception and listen to them alomst exclusively every single day. Am I missing something that you've caught on to? Am I deceived in some way? Please help me/us out.
Reviewer: glsean - - April 7, 2011
Subject: Fox
It's kind of crazy that I feel compelled to revise my original review, but after all the negative comments I guess that I must. Yes, I've listened to Furthur since the start, and while I feel that the band is playing well overall, I find myself being dissatisfied after every show. I guess you all know what I consider to be the problem. If you don't agree with me fine, but I should have a right to post my opinion without being called an idiot or having my musical preferences brought into question. Finally, it's important to remember that every review posted here is not based on fact, but totally on people's very individual perceptions. So my review is no more or less fact than those who call this a five-star performance. At this point I regret posting this, but was just fed up with another show that left me cold. If you enjoyed it, awesome. Hold on to that feeling and see them as much as you can. Sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes. :-\
Reviewer: caught on a limb - - April 6, 2011
Subject: To glsean
Here's the thing...You have a right to post your opinion. But you wrote "too bad Bob and Phil can't find a real musician to play with them." When you write something inflammatory and totally unsupported by fact then you will be attacked in kind and have your judgement questioned. If you want to say that you do not care for John and possibly give some reasons why then you might get a better reception.

It is perfectly OK to not enjoy the music or have a contrary opinion, but to say that someone who so clearly gives his heart to his playing is not a musician is an ignorant thing to say. I do not care much for David Bowie's music, for example, but I would never say that he was not a musician. Just go easy on the bashing and you might get better treatment.

"If you plant ice you're gonna harvest wind."
Reviewer: wdman - - April 6, 2011
Subject: They're Heeeerreee....
I didn't get on the bus until 1990 Carter Finley but I haven't gotten off since. I was blown away by the Grateful Dead but after August '95 and a handful of post tours I was starting to see and believe the magic just wasn't there anymore. I'm now seeing how much I was in error. The magic some of us knew, believed and CrAvEd is there, maybe not as refined as we had it, but its definitely there, again. You have to think that the GD were together for over 30 years!! and it takes time as a band to get there. Furthur is young, very young, but to have what they have in this short of time?!?! Unbelievable...What awesome awesome awesome musicians you all are... I tried and tried to score tickets for this show and FINALLY (after closing TicketMaster and going thru the Fox Theater link, hmmmm....) I did it! Two tickets, third row from the very back! for me and my bro JT! Anyway, I started listening to as much Furthur as I could (here on - THANK YOU!)and I couldn't believe some of the stuff I was hearing... A Viola Lee 3 time reprise??? So I was stoked for Fox...and I was not dissapointed...
We got to Atlanta, parked (prepaid parking was the shiznit!) and sat down in our seats about 2 minutes before showtime (which started on time!). The Hell in a Bucket opener is one of my fav's (and probably my most quoted). The first set was all Jerry tunes except the Sampson (which was HOT!) but all played with fire and passion. The sound that far up was not great but not bad. Hard to hear Phil and Bob individually and at times the vocals were a little soft, or drowned out by instrumentation. The set break was normal length (and the Fox flashes the lights to announce the beginning of each set!) and the second set HOT! Iko Iko opened, another fav, and just it just got better and better. They kept raising the energy and we kept throwing it right back atem. A beatuful thing to see happen when it happens. By Dark Star the place was just one big groove factory... THEN they pull a Floyd tune out of their ass THEN a Beattles tune! First time for both of those. Terrapin will not be forgotten. I would have liked to see a different E only because I've seen it well over half the time, but it was fitting. My bro JT and I were praying for a US Blues since he has never seen one in over 250 shows!! Always next time...
Still, a 5 star show, the energy was there, the magic is being teased, the musicians on point and the music beautiful... I think they have finally found what they were looking for and hopefully they'll stay together and just get better and better, like they've already been doing... Thanks soooo much Furthur (and Co.) for a real good time...again.... (i'll let ya know the next show me and JT are to go, hopefully we'll get to wave that flag!)
Reviewer: Funkalicious - - April 6, 2011
Subject: DARK STAR!!!!!!!!!!!
Dark Star>Time was amazing. They took it out there and beyond. No stone was left unturned. Amazing. This band destroys any post 91 Dead

P.S. Hey NYC Jeff why throw jabs at Phish? I know you problably went to 800 Dead shows and are no doubt the coolest head in the universe but for some of us Phish was and is our band. My boys can bring it all day, everyday. Why don't you give it a shot? Oh wait you might ruin your street cred. Apples and Oranges Jeffery thats all it is.
Reviewer: ILoveJerryGarcia - - April 5, 2011
Subject: Very Good
This had been my fav show of the tour so far! Evreybody was so enthusiastic 'bout the music! % stars, for evreything!
Reviewer: rippleish20 - - April 5, 2011
Subject: The Magic is Back
i saw hundreds of Dead shows from 76-95. After Jerry died, I continued to go to Dead related shows but only local to my area. There were some occasions (a Ratdog show here and there, the Phil & Friends show w Trey in Glens Falls) which were pretty good, but , for the most part, the music was average at best and there was no way I was going to travel to see them. The problem to me was that no guitarist fit Phil & Bob's style of jamming well. JK joined and suddenly everything changed - the Magic is back to me. For the first time in 16 years, I have been inspired enough to tour - and the shows I saw this tour were awesome. No one can replace Jerry and Furthur is not the Grateful Dead, but I think Furthur is a lot of fun...
Reviewer: PittsburghRocks - - April 5, 2011
Subject: wow - I take back what I said
I saw these guys a couple nights before in Pittsburgh and based on that I was right with all the guys that said the guitarist should play his own thing, why is he sounding like Jerry if this is a new band, etc. I basically left there missing Jer more than ever thinking this was a bummer, etc.

This show smokes the Pittsburgh show IMO.

Everyone had been telling me that these guys were into some heavy stuff and this show demonstrates that. Pick it up at Peggy O through Ramble On Rose, and then pick up the second set at Born Cross Eyed at let it play. Nice show guys. Wow.
Reviewer: bcampbell33 - - April 5, 2011
Subject: Atlanta Show
On the way to the show I asked my girlfriend if you can have them play one song what would it be. She said ramble on rose and then asked me what i wanted to hear and i said Terrapin Station Suite...This pretty much sums up our night. it was exactly what i wanted.. BTW Joe Russo tore everything to shreds with a little more power with Terrapin Station.
Reviewer: GregAtlanta - - April 5, 2011
Subject: Great Show/Thanks Furthur!/Thanks Jeff!
This was a great show in my view. Thanks to Furthur for continuing to surprise us! This excellent recording is much appreciated!
Reviewer: dead4head - - April 5, 2011
Subject: Last time
First i just want to say if furthur is NOT trying to sound like the grateful dead then why bring JK in the band?
I forced myself to listen to quite a few furthur shows on here and have not often been able make it through a full show before i lose intrest.
I've listened to this show and it's basicly on par with all the others i've herd, a bit more up tempo but not much, with very nice sound.
I can understand why some will not like this. I can also understand why some will love it.
I'll still go to a show, i love the scene and the people.
Reviewer: Hashjihad - - April 5, 2011
Subject: Dissing John and Joe?
I cannot believe people dis Joe Russo and John like they do! I am only 22 so I have never seen the Dead, but I have listen to hundreds of shows! I have seen DSO with John 13 times and Furthur 5 times now. And let me tell you they are so much better than any other post Jerry Dead band!

Of course every band has their moments! And people need to realize that the actual experience of being at show is much different than listening to it! For example the RatDog show in SLO county at Pozo Saloon September 6, 2009 was fucking awesome! Maybe because San Luis Obispo is just sick!

Phil and Friends 10/20/07 at Glens Falls. WOW! Trey Anastasio played whole show. Only show with Trey b/c he was on Probation in that county. For Phish haters listen to Plasma solo Trey Album, and check out The Divided Sky and Run Like An Antelope. Definitely influenced by Epic Dead Saga-esque Jams i.e. Darkstar

Point is if you weren't there and make some judgement about the band sucking... Well anyway I didn't go to this show... But really like the up-tempo Peggy-O, real good, and the Eleven is very good, I like it with the Back up singers add a lot.

If anyone happens to have a tape of the Furthur Golden Gate Show 2010 please post it! It was the Best Furthur show I saw, and Joe Russo was amazing that night! Some the best drumming I have seen period.
Reviewer: jwill4cheese - - April 5, 2011
Subject: More distant in degree, time, or space
Further (slightly different spelling) is defined as "more distant in degree, time, or space." If this show doesn't sum that up for anyone, the you are the antithesis of someone who appreciates great music.

I have not listened to this recording because I was fortunate enough to get a CD at the show (Thanks Roderick80), but I will stream it while working this week. It's hard to put into words what the band did last night but to leave a crowd euphorically pleased while feeling that time hadn't slowed down long enough is not something done easily. It is very clear the band has indeed started to go Furthur. No typical setlists, no guaranteed who will carry the jam, lyrics, or lead. Phil and Bobby look like little kids on the stage and that can only be due to the incredible members around them. Let's not forget that this band is many different members who all bring their influence. Everyone has a specific part on stage and it's not to recreate a GD show, it is to create a unique Furthur show that people will talk about like they talk about Cornell University or the May of '77. One day we can only hope we can all look back at Spring of 2011 and tell the stories as we look over the edge of our glasses and end of our noses.

My buddy and I showed up early, got checked into the hotel across the street and got our fill of Shakedown. It was the first time for both of us to the Fox, and it did not disappoint. After visiting Red Rocks for the first time last year I don't know what I could do next year to keep this string of incredible venues going.

The first set for me was right on point. Personally I'll never forget the Peggy-O that was made extra special after losing a friend to cancer a few weeks ago named Peggy. I'm sure she was smiling down last night as was Jerry.

The second set was pure energy and a display of fresh ideas. In all Furthur covered 4 bands during the second set. The Beatles, Pnk Floyd, Rolling Stones, and Grateful Dead. With each one of them they made them Furthur songs that were more distant in degree, time, and space.

Thanks for the incredible show guys. I can't wait to tell the story of my birthday at the Fox theatre to my grandchildren when they ask "who's Peggy-O?"

Do yourself a favor and get out to see a show before it's too late. There are so many good bands, but Furthur has set the standard.
Reviewer: roderick80 - - April 5, 2011
Subject: Still can't believe what I heard
If this show doesn't make a believer out of you than God help you. Hands down the best live music experience I've had and so worth the 7 hour drive from Tampa.
Reviewer: wharfrat71 - - April 5, 2011
Subject: Oh Yeah!!!
First off,excellent recording Jeff;5 stars hands down. Second,there aren't many things I can say that wasn't already covered here.Amazing show.Russo tore Samson and Delilah to shreds.Period.
Reviewer: eyesaweabyrd - - April 4, 2011
Subject: to the naysayers
furthur is not the GD (we all know that). jerry never played a handful of songs they have played so what do you say regarding JK's jerry-ness there? a lot of the transitions they're doing wasn't done by the dead, so there is plenty of John coming through. Next they'll say JC sounds too much like Brent! These guys are bringing a fresh taste to timeless music. if you're not about it, doubt waste your time, their time, or someone else's opportunity to enjoy this magic. this is by far my favorite list this year, maybe period (regarding furthur).
Reviewer: sugarhollowdaddy - - April 4, 2011
Subject: The grass ain't greener, the whine ain't meaner. . .
Wharf Rat! Cold Rain and Snow! Dear Prudence! Another crackerjack show. I rest my case. But to hear someone complaining about Kadlecik? R U kidding me? The guy was a Deadhead first, before being recruited into this band. That means more to me than anything else. He is one of us. But as someone who learned to play guitar off GD tapes and records 40 years ago, I will tell ya this guy is playing this music just fine. Jerry Garcia was unique and cannot be replaced. But JK is doing this music proud, and if the smiles on Phil and Bob's faces are any indication, they approve.
Reviewer: johnzaccai - - April 4, 2011
Subject: HOLY FREAKING SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: spacejam88 - - April 4, 2011
Subject: Arguing over john k??
I actually agree with both of you to some extent. I've always felt John needed, and had to as a musician to be taken seriously, step out and play JOHN not jerry. I really don't think he wanted to be a jerry clone with Furthur, but he's been playing "jerry" for so many yrs, that its almost all he come up with when playing a GD song. Pure habit. But me and another GD tour buddy, both, at the same time, that John was finally playing John!!! That atually made both shows better. Sure, theres Jerry lics here and there. Some songs almost HAVE to have certain lics to BE the song. But John added SO much of his own muse that we were delighted. I really believe that if this band was to stay together for 2 more yrs, write some of their OWN material along with GD, they would just be blowing it. He's really stepping up and out. He was moving all over in ATL, he seems to be taking a role as a lead guitarist. Ive met him 2, and he's the most humble guy you'll meet.
Peace, Anjoy this music will the original band members are playing. The GD is gone and aint coming back. But there is tons of GREAT young musicians out there just killing it in their own way. (check out Heavy Pets, The Native Sway, Mantras to start.)
Reviewer: pinball - - April 4, 2011
Subject: Sick!!!..plain Sick!!!!!!
I would have gave my left nut to be at that show. Damn, that is one great sounding show. Lay me down, brought tears and phil's singing just keeps getting better.Keep up the great work, now just get back to Wisconsin!!
Reviewer: rcs616 - - April 4, 2011
Subject: what???
Reviewer: glsean - - April 4, 2011
Subject: Fox
It's a real shame that Bob and Phil can't hire an actual musician to play guitar with them, because they are both sounding about the best they have in a long time

are you serious? JK not only plays well he has put his own feel into the music. This ISNT GD this is FURTHUR. the keyboards, JK & background vocals are all a part of what they are doing musically. Russo is a monster. I love GD and got on board in 77. These guys are fantastic at what they do. Bob & Phil are having a great time. Enjoy it while it lasts. They just like GD will have good nights & bad nights. I still cant believe that statement.
Reviewer: Furthurite - - April 4, 2011
Subject: Lightning Fast Upload!
The sound here is Phil-nomenal. Absolutley mindblowing show. Finally a To Lay Me Down. Thank you for the lightning fast upload. You are an asset to this sight. Great job recording! Oh and glsean your comment makes me laugh out loud. Who in your opinion IS a "REAL MUSICIAN"? I've only seen hundreds of GD shows and many many many other related shows with Warren, Jimmy, Larry, Mark, Derrek, Steve and others as lead guitarist and sorry but John "SOUNDS" the best and he knows the songs in and out, and he is fully committed to stay in one place for more than one or two tours which develops chemistry and magic. So what's your beef bro...share
Reviewer: nycityjeff - - April 4, 2011
Subject: re: Reviewer: glsean
Glsean said

"Reviewer: glsean - - April 4, 2011
Subject: Fox
It's a real shame that Bob and Phil can't hire an actual musician to play guitar with them, because they are both sounding about the best they have in a long time."

My response:

It's a real shame that you wouldn't know a real musician if your life depended on it. JK is nothing short of fabulous. You, simply, do not have a clue as to what you are talking about. This whole band is fabulous. Clearly you either aren't listening or just have a massive chip on your shoulder. You're better off with the easily amused children that go to Phish shows.
Reviewer: Anomalator - - April 4, 2011
Subject: Absolutely amazing show!
I honestly never thought I'd see a show that would hit me like a GD show. I've seen a few Phil and Friends shows, Ratdog, and heard a few of "The Dead" shows, but I am happy to say that this show absolutely blew me away! This band is tight, polished, and full of amazing energy. I saw the Hampton and Charleston shows also, but this one is definitely the best of the three. This is a sweet recording and I can't thank you enough for getting it uploaded so fast! Love it!
Reviewer: AndyBear - - April 4, 2011
Subject: Rockem, Sockem, Scrape Em Off The Ceiling.....
Got down to the area about 3:45, and drove around looking for decent priced parking. Found a lot directly behind Shakedown running $10 for the night. That's all good by me. Parked, cruised Shakedown and ran into a few old friends. Nice to have that happen! Met up with cool cat named Steven who kindly sold me a great seat, 17 rows back in Orchestra, right at edge of balcony overhang. Anyway, went back, cruised Shakedown and got together with friends Bill and Jacqueline and some of their friends. Strolled the wares - nice Shakedown, not epic - and met some cool people - which is almost expected anymore. About 6:30 we went in the front doors. Started getting excited and getting chills. Got inside and went and got some water, then headed for my seat, taking in the magnificence of the old theater as I slowly strolled to my seat.

A few quick words about the Fox. If you've never been there, it is an architectural smorgasbord - I love the Moorish elements. The place drips a magic that is hard to describe. I've never been anywhere with a vibe anything like it. This is the kind of venue where magical shows more easily occur... anyway.....great place to see a show!

So, the lights went down about 7:10 and the band went on. Opened strong with Hell In A Bucket - love this song when Bob doesn't go Velveeta at the end. Thankfully, he used little cheese and this rocked the opener slot of the show. It was a sign of things to come, as it turned out. Cold Rain & Snow came next - JK handled very nicely, was strong on vox and guitar and Phil opened a small bombing run, to warm up for later.

Backup vocals are as welcomed as a springtime rain on these arrangements. These two add SO much to the mix and ability to REALLY deliver. The band went almost directly into West LA Fadeaway next. Weir has changed up the timing but in a way that gives a slightly different feel to a familiar friend. This change is not something I'm wild about; then again, I don't despise it either. It worked well enough, and if this was the low point of the first set (it may have been) it said a lot for the rest of the set, less about this tune. Bob's singing tonight is top notch; he's emotive, clear and really carrying his weight both on guitar and vox. Great to see cause last few times I've seen him, let's just say he could have been better.

The pace was still moving along fairly significantly, but JK and the band took it down low, and dropped a sweet, slow and easy To Lay Me Down on the unsuspecting crowd. It was tender, it was heartfelt and it was well played. Who can ask for more? From there, they took things right into Peggy O with Phil singing which worked well on this one. More great group playing on the jams and the energy was starting to go through the roof. Ramble On Rose, I think, was the highlight of set I for me. Yes, I normally LOVE this song anyway, but when the band just crushes it, it gets that much better. Kudos to the band for growing with Chimenti - he really had a great sound on the keys tonight with some wicked solos and runs that just worked really well. At one point in Ramble I thought he might break his keys as he was pounding them so hard. WOW! He's really progressed as a player since I first saw him.

Next up, the "holy hannah does that one ever work well in the new arrangement" number for the set - Samson & Delilah. Bob did a sort of solo sing out of the opening lyrics with mostly drums and bass under him. Really well done, and it rocked the house. Wasn't really long, but was really powerful. Deal closed the set, and the band reminded me of JGB due to the background vocals and John's playing, which was much more a JBG than Dead style of playing. The song rocked, but it was hard to top the Ramble, and the pounding pulsing Samson. Overall, stunning first set and wonderful time. Had some fun dancing neighbors from about Ramble onwards. That continued right into set II, which came after almost a 55 min break.

Set II kicked off with a nicely played, but not over the top, Iko Iko. From there the band did a rockin The Last Time, far better than I've ever heard it - this one oozed energy and drive. Next, they drove into Wharf Rat which is where set II really began to take off. This one was exquisite. JK and Phil played this to a frenzy and ridiculous building jam to get to "I'll get up and fly away" - and then the jam went interstellar, and the headlines in the AJC tomorrow could read "Phil Lesh strafe bombs Atlanta's Fox Theater and concert goers" This insane jamming eventually becoming Born Cross Eyed which led to another jam, which sounded like it might become China Doll, but soon became Dark Star, verse one. Phil handled this and he did quite well, thank you very much.

Another Jam drove on out of verse one and things got a little Carribean and Jamaican in the jam - before falling somewhat seamlessly back into Dark Star. From there, we had a little jam, some power chords, and this segued into Time (Floyd) - which was epic - delicious - if audio here was food, this would have been rich decadent chocolate melted over a spongy cream filling. Simply tasty - had never heard them do Time that I can recall but found out it was not at all a first. If Time surprised me and took us to the far planets in the galaxy, the Dear Prudence that they eventually ended up with after a long trip down Spacey Jamming Highway was quite as much so. They NAILED the changes and the vocals were almost perfect (including Bobby - again! YEAH!) I was perhaps as blown away by this as by any of the other Beatles covers these guys are putting down.

Next up, Phil laid down some primal bass thundering as he kicked it into overdrive and they just exploded The Eleven which was smoking hot and really sung well, again, with a new arrangement. I have never enjoyed The Eleven live like this before. I've seen it, but this version was so much better than the other 2 times. Phil playing like Zeus on a thunderkit after slamming some Red Bull. They upshift, scream into the corner marked for 30 at 65 and keep the car on the road, but barely. Did I mention they are jamming so hard I'm using car analogies? LOL! From there, they did Lady With A Fan > into the entire Terrapin Suite. Seriously, I had chills the whole way through this - it went on for quite awhile and really hit some great places in the jams. The transitions were high, tight and just exactly perfect. Bob sang "inspiration, move me brightly" onwards amazingly well. The band took it out during the suite and brought it back again enough times they almost ran out of elastic - but just before the bounce went bye-bye, they brought it in one more time and ended the song.

Phil came out, and did his Donor Rap and had some nice things to say about the town, the venue and the vibe at the show. He was nothing but correct, in my opinion. E was Brokedown Palace, which they did very well and was a fitting ending to the show, although they coulda picked it back up with a double encore, but who am I to complain? Priceless show, and more than I expected it to be.

Left by the side doors, saw Phil head between theater and the bus while a bunch of us yelled "thank you Phil" - he waved. Then off into Shakedown, where I found, waiting at my truck, a friend who needed a ride home asap. So, off we went. Dropped her off and came home and wrote this review out. A few final thoughts...from this morning's reflections....

As I said earlier, many different vibes with this band than any other incarnation. Backup singers bring a very JGB feel to many songs and really change the effectiveness of many songs in a very positive direction. I would happily drive 100's of miles to see this band again - something I haven't said in a very long time. Wow - nice work here by the Furthur members. Thanks for a great show, and for those reading, thanks for your feedback, if you care to. Thanks also to the tapers who allow us to recollect these shows the freaking morning after! WOW!

Peace, Hugs and Live Music!
Reviewer: oatwillie - - April 4, 2011
Subject: The Fox is probably still smoldering
From Hell in a bucket to the end of the first set, they had the walls melting down and the entire balcony in subtle seismic vibrations. They kept the slow burn going through the second set till the roof pretty much melted in on us. Many among the audience had to be scraped off the walls as if they'd been flipped up there like so many half baked pancakes.

Great ambience. Nice clear recording. Thanks for uploading it so quickly.
Reviewer: selvaggio - - April 4, 2011
Subject: aces back to back
thanks for uploading a mere hours after the curtain fell at the Fox. Listening to the raging first set with the kids at breakfast before they go rehearse "Ripple" at school for their spring recital . . . where does the time go?
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